President and Chief Executive Officer
In his role as President and Chief Executive Officer, Doug Ulman oversees the strategic vision and direction of the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Doug is a three-time cancer survivor and globally recognized cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma during his sophomore year of college and malignant melanoma twice since, Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, educating and connecting young adults, their families and friends, who are affected by cancer. He served as executive director of the organization for four years before joining the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2001 as director of survivorship.
During his time at the Foundation, Doug has helped transform the nonprofit into an internationally-known brand and leader in the global movement for people affected by cancer. Doug has earned a reputation as the “Most Savvy Health Care Leader in Social Media” for his innovative use of social media to spread awareness and knowledge around the world’s leading cause of death. His online community includes a Twitter following of more than one million.
Doug speaks frequently at some of the nation’s most acclaimed festivals and conferences including the Social Good Summit, the Inc. 500|5000 Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Clinton Global Initiative University, the RadioShack Business Summit, TedxAustin and SXSW Interactive.
Doug’s outstanding leadership has garnered him both local and national accolades. The Austin Business Journal recognized Doug with a Health Care Hero Award and he has twice been named to the Non-Profit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50, an honor bestowed to the top 50 nonprofit executives.
Doug currently holds numerous civic and charitable board positions for organizations such as the Union for International Cancer Control, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and C-Change. He also sits on the advisory board for Provectus Pharmaceuticals and is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Doug served for four years as the Chairman of the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group.
In his spare time, Doug enjoys traveling, reading, playing golf and running. He has participated in more than 14 marathons, including a 100-mile ultramarathon in the Himalayan Mountains. Most importantly, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Follow him on Twitter at @LIVESTRONGCEO.
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Executive Vice President External Affairs
Morgan Binswanger joined the Foundation as Chief of Staff in June 2008. He is a member of the executive management team and provides leadership, direction and vision facilitating the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s short-term and long-term strategic planning.
His responsibilities include managing the Foundation’s vision and purpose, creating mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision and making the vision sharable by everyone. He also defines, develops and implements a leadership development program for the management team and serves as a bridge on business and politically related activities relative to the Foundation’s growth and position within the world of philanthropy. He works closely with the LIVESTRONG Foundation Board and its committees.
Before joining the Foundation, Morgan served as Interim COO for Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles and as Director of Habitat’s Jimmy Carter Work Project. Prior to that, he was the COO for the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Co-Director of the Creative Artists Agency Foundation for seven years. He has served as a consultant for Rock the Vote, the Broad Foundation and America’s Promise. He served at the United States Department of Education as Chief of Staff in Elementary and Secondary Education. Morgan taught history and coached for four years at Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts.
He has a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College and studied language at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan. He serves on the Board of The League, a national afterschool initiative.
He reluctantly runs marathons and preferably eats blueberry pies from his home state of Maine.
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Greg D. Lee, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
With more than 25 years of experience in financial management and work in the nonprofit arena, Greg Lee is responsible for the integrity and operation of all financial, accounting, technology and compliance activities for the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Greg served as the Manager of Finance and Administration for The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), where he was responsible for the finance, accounting and compliance activities for this nonprofit organization, and he managed more than $21 billion in investments for The University of Texas System.
In his role as Vice President of Finance and Business Operations for the American Heart Association, he directed the activities of both the finance and operations functions, including 31 staff in 14 regional offices, revenues in excess of $32 million, a $28 million operating budget and an investment portfolio of $35 million.
Greg also led a team of forensic accountants, conducting more than 168 white-collar criminal investigations for the Texas Rangers. He also has extensive experience in designing and reengineering financial and accounting systems. His work with the Texas State Auditor’s Office led to comprehensive system changes in the finance and accounting structures for a number of Texas state agencies.
In addition to his current responsibilities for the Foundation, Greg also teaches professional development classes on accounting controls, budgeting, performance management and investment management for both nonprofit and industry groups.
While a licensed CPA, Greg is working hard to break the stereotypes about accountants. During the last five years he has given more than 75 educational, motivational and inspirational presentations to a variety of corporate, civic and social groups.
In addition to his professional career, Greg often can be found chasing a golf ball around the links. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and has a wonderful wife and two kids. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Texas Society of CPAs and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
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Vice President of People
Jakob, a native of Texas, joined the Foundation after serving as Principal Consultant for Human Paradigm, Inc. Over the course of his 20 years of experience, Jakob has provided both small and emerging companies as well as large enterprises with creative HR management solutions. He has experience managing enterprise level projects and global teams, as well as consulting with Fortune 500 companies on HR management and integrating technology into work teams. Jakob has delivered both in-person sessions and webinars on human resources and employee engagement and has been published in the professional journal workspan Magazine. Jakob is currently certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).
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Vice President of Government Relations
David Lofye joined the Foundation in 2004. He oversees the Foundation’s government relations efforts to advance public policies that benefit people living with cancer.
In his role, David is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s government relations strategies to ensure that the interests of the 28 million people living with cancer across the globe are addressed by policy makers in state legislatures, on Capitol Hill and in foreign capitals. As a member of the senior leadership team, he contributes to long-term strategic planning for the Foundation and works with his colleagues to coordinate and assess new opportunities across the organization.
His work has included the LIVESTRONG Presidential Cancer Forum. The event, which was held in Iowa and broadcast by MSNBC, was the first ever political forum to offer presidential candidates from both parties the opportunity to discuss how their administrations would address the cancer burden in this country.
David also led the Foundation’s advocacy effort in the creation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. This historic $3 billion investment in cancer research and programs was approved by the Texas Legislature during the 80th legislative session and by Texas voters with the passage of Proposition 15 on November 6, 2007.
Prior to joining the Foundation, David worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, for more than six years. He was a member of the staff of former U.S. Representative Nick Lampson, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. He also served as a professional staff member on the House Science Committee.
David earned a BA in Political Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a JD from the University of Texas in Austin. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.
David lives in Austin with his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Renee.
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Vice President of Information Technology
Justin Joyner joined the Foundation in 2007—where he currently oversees the evaluation, creation and maintenance of internal and external technology platforms. In this role, Justin is also responsible for the management and direction of all of the Foundation’s technical initiatives that are vital in supporting our ever-growing online community.
Before joining the Foundation, Justin received nearly a decade of technical and management experience while working for General Ventures, Inc. and GalleryWatch.com, Inc. (a subsidiary of the Economist Group). In his various positions at the two companies, he gained insight on how to effectively adapt technical strategies to address evolving anthropological needs. He is both a visionary and a leader, as he has proven through his ability to conduct operational teams through an emerging platform of business operations.
He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Spanish and Political Science from the University of Texas, and he is fluent in Spanish. Justin resides in Austin with his wife, Angie, and their two kids. He enjoys being involved in his kids’ sports activities, cycling and running.
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Vice President of Marketing
In her role as the vice president of marketing, Heather is responsible for the development and execution of comprehensive integrated marketing, events and brand partnership strategies that enhance the mission and vision of the Foundation. She also oversees the development of the LIVESTRONG brand’s ongoing global evolution.
Heather joins the Foundation after serving as Chief Marketing Officer of MOG, a start-up in the digital music subscription space. Prior to that, she was vice president of marketing for BabyCenter, providing strategic direction for the brand, partnership and customer acquisition marketing initiatives. She has also held leadership positions at a variety of other pioneers in the digital music space, including MP3.com and eMusic.
Heather is a new resident of Austin, residing with her partner, Shane, and her son, Griffin. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, biking and running (sometimes all in the same day), which have helped her compete in three Ironman competitions, including the 2012 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. She holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont.
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Vice President of Major Gifts
Robyn comes to the Foundation with a wide range of experience in major gift fundraising and corporate management from her previous roles as director of gift and estate planning and director of leadership gifts at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Most recently, she founded Empowered Fitness in Austin, aspiring to provide safe and effective fitness training for women with planning that allowed them to achieve their fitness goals with minimal supervision or personal training. The Southwestern University graduate also enjoyed a highly successful career in corporate sales management at Dell, Inc., where she developed key business strategies to global consumers.
In her free time, Robyn enjoys hiking, biking, Bikram yoga and spending time exploring Austin’s outdoors scene with her husband, Steve, and daughters, Savannah and Addie.
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Vice President of Programs & Strategy
Ruth Rechis, PhD, joined the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2005. Dr. Rechis established the Foundation’s Office of Evaluation and Research and has guided the research endeavors of this office in a way that ensures resulting projects reflect and respond to the needs of people affected by cancer.
During her more than eight year tenure, Dr. Rechis has worked on all mission-related initiatives of the Foundation. As Director of the Office of Evaluation and Research, she has led the design, implementation and evaluation of numerous programs and resources for people affected by cancer. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, she shepherds the strategic planning process for the Foundation and works with the team to ensure the Foundation is uniquely addressing the needs of the cancer community today.
Dr. Rechis has worked to conduct intramural research, oversee extramural research projects, implement strategic yearly evaluation plans and provide oversight to the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network. Results of her work have led to defining the “Essential Elements of Survivorship Care,” which are now used to guide cancer programs in dedicating new health care services to cancer survivors.
Dr. Rechis also serves as the principal investigator for the LIVESTRONG Surveys for People Affected by Cancer, comprehensive, biannual surveys assessing the experience of cancer survivors after treatment. She has published reports on behalf of the Foundation, as well as in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Oncology Practice and Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Rechis earned a PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a BS in Geography.
As an adolescent cancer survivor, Dr. Rechis has a personal connection to the mission of the Foundation. She lives in Austin with her husband, Chris, and her fabulous daughter, Hannah.
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